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Native Plant Sale

Dayton, OH 

Saturday, July 25, 2015
9am-5pm

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Saturday, July 25, 9am to 5pm for our Native Plant Sale at Bergamo Center in Dayton. All conference vendors will be open to the public. We will have a wide variety of native perennials, trees and shrubs for sale. In addition, local artisans will be there with items sure to connect you to nature. You can find a list of our vendors and sponsors on the conference website.

Bergamo Center
4400 Shakertown Rd, Dayton, OH 45430

Contact:
Kathy /

Diana / (937) 477-1131

http://www.midwestnativeplants.org

 

Midwest Native Plant Conference

Dayton, OH 

Friday, July 24, 2015 through Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Featured keynote speakers include Kenn Kaufman, author, artist, naturalist and conservationist, known for his work on several popular field guides of birds and butterflies. Professor Don Leopold, Forest Ecologist, John Magee, landscape architect, and Hal Mann, master gardener and President of Wild Ones Oaks Openings Chapter will also be speaking.

The event also features engaging and informative breakout sessions and field trips on Saturday, evening programs on Friday and Saturday followed by "Sights and Sounds of the Night" walks. On Sunday, there will be field trips to some of the most diverse and interesting places around the state.

Bergamo Center
Dayton, OH

Contact:
Kathy / (937) 477-1131 /

http://www.midwestnativeplants.org

 

Adult Farm Camp

Delaware, OH 

Saturday, July 25, 2015 through Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Why should the kids have all the fun? Now it's your turn to experience life on a small diversified farm. Arrive Saturday morning with a packed lunch, ready for animal chores. Spend the day in step with the farmer learning the ropes. Better appreciate the connection between nature and food production as you spend time alone in the forest. Working together we will prepare a homegrown dinner and breakfast. Bring your tent; sleep under the stars or in the hay loft and wake with the rooster. $100/person.

Stratford Ecological Center
3083 Liberty Rd. Delaware, OH

Contact:
Stratford Ecological Center / 740-363-2548 /

http://www.stratfordecologicalcenter.org

 

Michigan Sustainable Farm and Business Tour

Grass Lake, MI  

Sunday, July 26, 2015
10am

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This three-in-one tour will stop at Salomon Gardens, a pastured livestock and poultry farm, Argus Farm Stop, a new retail outlet for year-round local food sales, and Sunseed Farm, a diverse vegetable farm with a year-round community supported agriculture (CSA) program.

The first stop, Salomon Gardens is a 35 acre farm in its third year of production. Salomon Jost, who has worked on organic and biodynamic farms since the early 1980s, and his wife, Nina White, tend to a small flock of sheep, 1,200 free-range broilers, 200 or more laying hens, and 50 Bourbon Red turkeys. All animals are intensively grazed on ecologically-managed pasture. Salomon and Nina process their broilers and turkeys on-site and direct market to customers and restaurants. In this two hour tour participants will see firsthand how the lambs, broilers, hens, and turkeys are managed and learn about Salomon and Nina’s challenges and innovations for pasture management; animal health, productivity, and breeding; marketing; infrastructure, and more.

Participants will drive to Ann Arbor for the second part of the tour at Argus Farm Stop, a market which sells locally produced vegetables, meats, eggs, dairy, and baked goods. Kathy and Bill Sample opened the small market on the edge of downtown Ann Arbor in August 2014 to provide a convenient venue for consumers to buy local foods year-round. Farmers own and price their products, and receive 80 percent of the sales price, helping them to expand their businesses and access new customers. Hear from Bill and Kathy about what they’ve learned in the last year of doing business, what challenges they’ve faced, and about the marketing and availability of local produce.

The last stop, Sunseed Farm, is a year-round vegetable CSA farm started in 2009 by Tomm and Trilby Becker. Tomm worked as the production manager at the Student Organic Farm at Michigan State University and is one of the area’s foremost experts on extending the growing season with hoop houses. He is dedicated to mentoring new farmers. In addition to his work with Tilian Farm Development Center, Sunseed Farm employs 2 or more beginning farmers at any given time. In the summer months, Trilby runs a cut flower CSA that also serves restaurants, florists, and markets like Argus Farm Stop. Join the Beckers and their employees for a tour of their hoop houses and to learn about their crops, their CSA, and what they have learned in the last six years of running Sunseed Farm.

Directions to Salomon Gardens: From I-94, take Exit 153 for Clear Lake Rd. Turn south on Clear Lake Rd. which becomes Francisco Rd. Go 2 miles, crossing Michigan Ave. and turn right on Grass Lake Rd. Drive west 1 mile. Pass grain storage silos, three houses, and a large red barn on the right. Follow the parking signs at the barn.

Directions to Argus Farm Stop: From Salomon Gardens, return to Rte. 94 and drive east. Take Exit 172 for Jackson Rd. Drive east on Jackson Rd. which becomes Huron St. Turn right on 3rd St. The second left is W. Liberty St. Argus Farm Stop is on the right.

Directions to Sunseed Farm: From Argus Farm Stop, take W. Liberty St. east. Turn left on S. Main St. Turn left onto W. Huron River Dr. Turn right on N. Maple Rd. Turn left onto W. Joy Rd. The first right is Boyden Dr. Sunseed is at the end on the left.

Registration: There is no cost to participate in these tours. Lunch is available for purchase. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Register by July 19 at http://goo.gl/5hLSBc.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Salomon Gardens
13712 Grass Lake Rd., Grass Lake, MI 49240

Contact:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /

Nina White and Salomon Jost / (517) 775-2057 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Small-Scale Biointensive Farm Tour

Bellville, OH  

Sunday, July 26, 2015
2pm

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Learn how Joan and Reed Richmond have transformed 2.5 acres into a human-centered, biointensive farm. Utilizing mostly hand tools and a "feet-on-the-ground" philosophy, Meadow Rise Farm produces more than three dozen varieties of vegetables in permanent raised beds. Visitors will see gardening philosophies and practices in action from Jean-Martin Fortier's The Market Gardener, as well as Eliot Coleman's The New Organic Grower.

Directions: From I-71 N, take Exit 165 for Rte. 97 E. Drive 3 miles and turn right at the light at the Rte. 13 intersection (Bellville Bandstand will be on your left). Travel south for 4 miles on Rte. 13 until you come to the Bangorville Rd. intersection. Turn right. Drive 0.5 miles west on Bangorville Rd. You will come to a rise/small hill. At the crest, turn right and park along the edge of the pasture (there’s room to park on both sides of the drive). Walk across the field toward the gray cottage and red pole barn.

This event is sponsored by the Clintonville Farmers’ Market and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Meadow Rise Farm
6991 Renie Rd., Bellville, OH 44831

Contact:
Joan Richmond / 419-886-4365 /

Clintonville Farmers’ Market / /

http://www.meadowrisefarm.com

 

Integrated Pest Management in Community Gardens Series

Cleveland, OH 

Sunday, July 26, 2015
10am

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Slugs, bugs and other fun things! Join us at our integrated pest management (IPM) in community garden series. We’ll be discussing the different approaches community gardeners can take to manage some of the insects and diseases that regularly affect our gardens. This workshop is free; no registration is required.

EC Grows Community Garden,
corner of Coit and Dover Rd., East Cleveland, 44112

Contact:
Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County Urban Agriculture Workshops / 216-429-8200

http://cuyahoga.osu.edu

 

Pasture-Based Livestock and Poultry Tour

Williamsport, OH  

Saturday, August 1, 2015
1:30-4pm

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Kelly and Ryan Jeter of Three Moon Farm started as aspiring farmers who “knew nothing.” Since purchasing their land, they've created a self-sustaining 34 acre family farm that offers a satisfying lifestyle and provides eggs, beef, Thanksgiving turkeys, and pre-ordered meat chickens to word-of-mouth customers. Learn what infrastructure investments and conservation practices make this farm work. Kelly and Ryan will discuss the challenges and benefits of a recently established breeding program and on-farm poultry processing. Self-directed learners who graduated from the OSU Small Farm College and utilized other OSU programs and services, Kelly and Ryan will share the harder lessons learned only from experience, along with their plans for the future, including two acres of new fruit trees and on-farm processed cider.

Directions: From I-71, take exit 65 and travel east on Rte. 35 through Washington Court House. After about 24 miles, take the Rte. 138 exit toward Greenfield/Clarksburg. Turn left onto Rte. 138 and drive to the farm. Parking will be in a field area.

This event is sponsored by the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team and the Ohio Women in Agriculture Leadership Network and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Three Moon Farm
8181 State Rte. 138, Williamsport, OH 43164

Contact:
Kelly and Ryan Jeter / (740) 253-9029, /

Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team / (614) 866-6900 /

http://www.threemoonfarm.com

 

Sustainable Urban Produce Farm Tour

Columbus, OH  

Sunday, August 2, 2015
2pm

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Milan Karcic of Peace, Love, and Freedom Farm has been gardening in an urban environment for 25 years. The farm specializes in ground cherries, cucamelons, and rare vegetables. Join this tour to see 30 different varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown on less than an acre in Franklin County. The farm uses cover crops, crop rotation, compost, raised beds, and season extension practices to minimize soil loss.

Directions: From I-71 in Columbus, take Exit 116 for Morse Rd. Turn east on Morse Rd. and drive a short distance to N. 4th St. Turn right on N. 4th St. The farm is on the right side of the road. There is on-street parking and two driveways with parking signs.

This event is sponsored by the Clintonville Farmers’ Market and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Peace, Love, and Freedom Farm
4541 N. 4th St., Columbus, OH 43224

Contact:
Milan Karcic / (614) 390-3859 /

Clintonville Farmers’ Market / /

 

Integrated Pest Management in Community Gardens Series

Cleveland, OH 

Monday, August 3, 2015
6pm

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Slugs, bugs and other fun things! Join us at our integrated pest management (IPM) in community garden series. We’ll be discussing the different approaches community gardeners can take to manage some of the insects and diseases that regularly affect our gardens. This workshop is free; no registration is required.

Colfax Garden
721 9 Colfax Rd., Cleveland, 44104

Contact:
Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County Urban Agriculture Workshops / 216-429-8200

http://cuyahoga.osu.edu

 

Organic Dairy Farm Tour

Hillsboro, OH  

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
9:30am-12pm

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Landis Weaver started his first dairy with his brother on his father’s farm in 2008. Today, he runs his own certified organic dairy on 250 acres of rented land, where he pastures cows and grows 30 acres of corn and triticale. Landis milks 85 cows with seasonal calving beginning in late February, and raises 30 or more replacement heifers each year. Join Landis and tour co-sponsor the Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council for a pasture walk and tour, filled with spirited conversation about the finer points of organic, grass-based dairying.

Directions: From Rte. 50, take Rte. 41 S from Bainbridge for approximately 7 miles. Drive through Cynthiana and turn left on Frost Rd. Frost Rd dead ends at the farm.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Weaver Dairy
1285 Frost Rd., Hillsboro, OH 45133

Contact:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /

Landis Weaver / (740) 634-2440

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Grain and Alfalfa Production Farm Tour

Lindsey, OH  

Friday, August 7, 2015
1-3pm

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Turnow Ventures began operation in 1980 with 600 acres in production. As market dynamics changed, Steve Turnow begain experimenting with organic production in 1998. In 2002, during the first year of the National Organic Program, he certified all 1,500 acres of his farm. Today, 600 acres are dedicated to alfalfa production to serve a value-added supply chain of dehydrated pellets for chicken feed, an operation managed by extended family. On the tour attendees will see a corn, soybean, wheat, black bean rotation; test plots studying various weed control cultivation methods, and soil fertility approaches utilizing soil-balancing techniques.

Directions: From Toledo, take I-280 S. At the Ohio Turnpike, I-280 becomes Rte. 420. Continue for 2 miles and merge onto Rte. 20 E toward Fremont. Travel approximately 13 miles. Turn left on County Rd 92. Continue for 1.75 miles; the farm is on the left. From I-75 N, take Exit 179. Travel east on Rte. 6 toward Fremont for about 11 miles. Turn left on Rte. 23 N. Travel for 3 miles. Turn right on Rte. 600 E. After 10 miles, Rte. 600 becomes County Rd. 92. Continue on County Rd. 92 for 2 miles; the farm is on the left.

This event is sponsored by OEFFA and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Turnow Ventures
2956 County Rd. 92, Lindsey, OH 43412

Contact:
Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association / (614) 421-2022 /

Steve Turnow / (419) 283-1450 /

http://www.oeffa.org

 

Integrated Pest Management in Community Gardens Series

Cleveland, OH 

Saturday, August 8, 2015
10am

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Slugs, bugs and other fun things! Join us at our integrated pest management (IPM) in community garden series. We’ll be discussing the different approaches community gardeners can take to manage some of the insects and diseases that regularly affect our gardens. This workshop is free; no registration is required.

Rockefeller Garden (on the grounds of the Rockefeller Park Greenhouse )
760 E. 88th St., Cleveland, 44106

Contact:
Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County Urban Agriculture Workshops / 216-429-8200

http://cuyahoga.osu.edu

 

Urban Farming in Small Spaces Tour

Columbus, OH  

Sunday, August 9, 2015
2-4 pm

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Swainway Urban Farm began as a backyard garden in 2007 and now includes three growing sites producing certified organic mushrooms, microgreens, seedlings, and specialty vegetables for sale at farmers' markets and restaurants. This tour will feature the original farm of permanent raised beds for intensive market gardening. Join Joseph Swain to discuss the challenges and rewards of expanding and refining an urban farm. Visitors will see the farm's extensive composting systems, hoop houses used for season extension and hardening off seedlings, personal perennial gardens, and egg-laying chickens.

Directions: From I-71, take the Cooke Rd. exit. Travel west to Indianola Ave. and turn left. Continue south to Glenmont Rd. and turn right. Follow Glenmont Rd. to Sharon Rd. and turn right. Turn left on Canyon Dr. Please park on the street, being respectful of neighbors' yards. Carpooling is encouraged.

This event is sponsored by the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team and the Columbus Agrarian Society and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Swainway Urban Farm
285 Canyon Dr., Columbus, OH 43214

Contact:
Joseph Swain / 614) 557-8902 /

Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team / (614) 866-6900 /

http://www.swainway.com

 

Compost Systems that Work!

Cleveland, OH 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
6-7:30pm

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Learn how a community garden has established an effective composting program that you can replicate, step by step. This workshop is free; no registration is required.

Memorial Park Community Garden
22540 Milton Dr., Euclid, 44123

Contact:
Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County Urban Agriculture Workshops / 216-429-8200

http://cuyahoga.osu.edu

 

Aquaponic Fish Production Tour

Columbus, OH  

Friday, August 14, 2015
12-2 pm

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Visit Pine Lane Farm to see Martha Fix's herd of registered Saanen and Toggenburg dairy goats. Guests can try their hand at showing and milking, learn about cold process soapmaking, and see finished goat milk body care products including soaps and lotions.

Directions: From Cincinnati, take I-275 and exit at Rte. 50 (Milford/Hillsboro exit). Travel east on Rt. 50 for about 8 miles, going through the town of Owensville. Continue east on Rt. 50 for 4 miles and look for the intersection of Rte. 133. Turn right, going south on Rte. 133 towards Williamsburg for 0.8 miles. The farm is on the right before the stop sign. Parking is available at the end of the driveway.

This event is sponsored by the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team and the Ohio Women in Agriculture Leadership Network and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

St. Stephens Community House
1500 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43219

Contact:
Henry Pettigrew / (614) 294-6347 /

Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team / (614) 866-6900 /

 

Food, Family, and Farming Tour

Kent, OH  

Saturday, August 15, 2015
10am-5pm

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Join four women in agriculture for an exciting and empowering day focused on raising dairy goats, making cheese, composting, and living the small farm dream. Have you ever wanted to raise and milk dairy goats? Join Gwenn Volkert from Ferrum Moraine Farm at 10 a.m. for the inside scoop. Are you interested in learning how to make cheese? Abbe Turner of Lucky Penny Creamery will demonstrate simple cheeses you can make at home beginning at 11:30 a.m. Have you considered backyard urban homesteading and raising a few animals? At 1 p.m., Amber Sattleberg of the SARE Food Waste for Farms project will discuss basic care and feeding for your small farm menagerie. Thinking about starting a small food or farm business? Abbe Turner will discuss getting started and selling at farmers markets in her talk “Living the Dream: Just Say ‘NO’ to Pantyhose" at 2:30 p.m. How about composting? At 4 p.m., Teresa Kaminski from the SARE Food Waste For Farms project will discuss setting up a small compost bin for your food waste to build the soil health of your garden. The day will also include creamery tours, local food and cheeses, sheep and goats, and more inspiration for your small farm dream.

Directions: From I-76, take Rte. 43 N through downtown Kent and turn right on Lake St. Travel 0.25 miles, turn right on Temple St., and continue to the creamery.

This event is sponsored by the Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team and the Ohio Women in Agriculture Leadership Network and is part of the 2015 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop series. For more information about other events in the series, go to www.oeffa.org.

Lucky Penny Creamery
632 Temple Ave., Kent, OH 44240

Contact:
Abbe Turner / (330) 715-4140 /

Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team / (614) 866-6900 /

http://www.luckypennyfarm.com

 
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